Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Istrian Artisan Fair

Well, I haven’t been around for a while, because I was somehow busy with my regular duties, and with setting up our new collaborative blog: InfoCroatia.com . This blog has already gained excellent results (compared to investment – 0 USD, and free time engagement), what means that it was a good idea. We have more than five active bloggers who post regularly (eleven registered), and many excellent posts (49). I’m sorry that I’m not able to translate some quality posts here because of lack of time, and skills in English. But, here is one post which will bring You the atmosphere of Istria as in past times.

This regards Istrian Artisan Fair held in small Istrian place: Svetvincenat, where people could see tools, costumes, instruments as they used to be. Here are some photos to make you a picture of what I’m talking about.

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In some sense I’m a little nostalgic for those times of peace and quietness, without cars, electricity, artificial lights, TV (well I would keep the internet), globalization, terrorism, atomic weapons, junk food, air and water pollution… Well, compared to last few items on list, our progress doesn’t seem so attractive, and desire to get rid of some things seams very reasonable. Progress of our civilization is neither completely good, neither completely bad: it is somewhere in the middle.

I’ve said many times that it is very pity that every next generation consider itself more clever and advanced that previous (they are “old fossils”), and thus repeats some common and disastrous errors. One of the biggest errors is war: the generation who passed it know that there is no winner in war-everybody looses, but new generations forget the dreadful war consequences and let the fear, ambition and greed guide them in new conflict, in new suffer.

But, It’s a life… What can we do? Be good, Do good, See good and world will soon become good too.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Rainy August, Sunny September

This summer was very interesting from a point of weather… In Croatia, such a heavy rains during summer hasn’t been seen even from oldest people. So, my father (that is almost 60) has never seen green grass in summer time. The grass in Istria is always yellow and dry (caused by high temperatures and lack of water) till later autumn and winter.
Because of that probably tourist were very unhappy, but in other hand for us, that work here in hot summer days, this wasn’t bad weather at all. Now there are many good mushrooms all around (for those who know how to collect then) so in the last period we enjoyed in various top quality plates prepared from those mushrooms that we’ve (or our relatives, especially my father and my wife’s mother) collected.
But now in September, weather is excellent: cold and sunny. Interesting is that I’ve seen on TV and internet that some other parts of the world (like Australia and Portugal) are hit by opposite situations, incredible dryness. And what to say about last events in USA, where “Katrina” has literally destroyed New Orleans.
And what to do now? It is obvious that climatic changes are on the road, so similar situations are to be expect in future also. Why? Man has disordered natural equilibrium, and now nature has to find new balance: Some parts of the world will become deserts, some ice cubes, and some green gardens… But maybe distribution of this areas will not be same as today. I find this thing very logic. By now, probably is too late to stop this process, but we can ease it. For this, raise of people’s consciousness is required, it is choice that is before us: learn lection in easy or hard way.

My new blog

Hi everyone,
only to place brief information that I’ve started new blog with couple of friends on the address http://www.infocroatia.com/blog/. It will be in Croatian, with more frequent posts, probably daily(as more persons will be posting, so watch the author's name below the post. I am Administrator or maybe it is better to change to dragan? ;). For me it is easier to write in Croatian than in English, but I will continue to maintain this blog also.
The fact is that I've installed great software called wordpress, for managing my blog with so many possibilities, that I really enjoy using it!

Info Croatia Blog will be focused on all Croatia, but sometime we will write about events in the world also. So, best regards and see you here or there!